Tularemia is a rare but very infectious disease. People can contract tularemia through the bite of an infected tick, handling infected animals, drinking water contaminated with the bacteria, or inhaling dust contaminated with the bacteria. Tularemia is not spread from person to person. In California, the American Dog Tick and the Pacific Coast Tick can transmit tularemia.
Tularemia has been reported in many areas of the country. In California, it is most frequently seen in the northern areas of the state. For any questions regarding tularemia, please contact the Vector Control Program at (858) 694-2888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.